PipeChat Digest #24 - Wednesday, August 6, 1997

(back) Subject: The British Were Here - Again... From: "Terry Charles" <tcorgans@imsweb.net> Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 10:11:04 -0400   The Kirk Of Dunedin Organ Concert Series presented NICHOLAS MARTIN - Saturday, August 2 - and what a presentation it was! More than SIX HUNDRED in his SOLD OUT audience roared their approval and gave him three standing ovations for his excellent musicianship.   A showman he certainly is, and his command of the Kirk's 4/100 with all percussions and TWO grand pianos made for a memorable concert. He has been invited to perform on the Kirk Series six seasons and has become a real audience pleaser.   He will again perform at the Kirk February 12, 12, 13 and 14, 1998. (four appearances - all reserved seating)   His program, of 2 1/2 hours, included contrasts for every possible musical taste - from his British/Blackpool flair thru to a most moving version of Deep Harmony.   _____________________   Off this topic to wish GREAT SUCCESS on the opening of the Grand Court Wanamaker Organ and Lord &Taylor!   Everyone who has had a hand in ANY of the efforts there certainly deserves the success we believe will happen this week. Especially, HATS OFF to all the devoted technical folks.   Proud to be among the friends, we just wish we could be there!   As the Organ Chamber Of Commerce says, Come to Florida and hear its best kept organ secret...   TC    
(back) Subject: Re: Unification, definition? From: edison@mmpress.com (Edison & Co.,Lithographers Ltd.) Date: Sun, 03 Aug 1997 08:01:55 -0700   >Yes of course the Theatre Organ would benefit from individual ranks >per pitch.>WONDERFUL > >Donald MacKenzie :-))) >   Good morning:   You appear to know what you are talking about, perhaps you are willing to spread your knowledge. WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF "UNIFICATION" IN RELATION TO ORGAN PIPES.   Edison-Brown edison@mmpress.com     Edison & Co., Lithographers Ltd. dba Minuteman Press Phone: (604)683-6824 Facs. (604)683-7970 Web Address: <http://www.mmpress.com>    
(back) Subject: Re: Unification, definition? From: cremona84000@webtv.net (bruce cornely) Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 11:44:42 -0400   You will probably get many answers, but I'll toss mine in just in case. Unification is the extension of one rank (set) of pipes so that it may be used at more than one pitch: five stops played at five pitches = 1 unit. Example: Flute 8 (unison/piano pitch) = 61 pipes (one pipes for each key on the keyboard). For the flute to play an octave highter (4') an additional 12 pipes is added to the top; the 4' flute uses 13 - 61 of the 8' flute and 62 - 73 of the extension. To add a 2' flute, another 12 pipes is added. The 2' flute uses 25 - 61 from the 8, 62 - 73 from the 4' extension, and its own 74 - 85 extension. Mutations ( 2-2/3, 1-3/5, etc) fall in between, but the principle is the same. This adds inexpensive variety to the instrument and is basically workable unless music is played involving counterpoint, at which time notes in the middle of the stop are lost because they are already in use because a lower key is being played: On a straight instrument, draw and 8 and 4 flute, play tenor c and the c above middle c; then repeat middle c and you will hear it play. On a straight instrument, draw an 8 flute and the 4' coupler (Great to Great 4, etc); doing the same experiment middle c will not sound because the pipes are already in use for tenor c. There is also a voicing/finishing/scaling problem because in order for each voice to sound effectively in the chorus it needs to have its own distinct timbre. This cannot be done in a unified system. As in any compromise, something is going to suffer.   I hope this has been helpful. If I can be of further help, please do not hesitate.   Bruce Cornely ============ o o o o ============== o o o ______________ o o o o o o ______________ o o o OHS ======================== AGO  
(back) Subject: Re: Question re TO unification From: MFulk70776@aol.com Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 12:34:37 -0400 (EDT)   In a message dated 97-08-05 01:43:07 EDT, you write:   << Stop tabs? How about a digital control system w/ virtual "stops" that can be dynamicly reprogrammed in real time? And while were at it, why don't we connect tracker consoles to servo controllers, giving us "old organ" response in a "Romantic Organ" sized instrument? "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" >>   Gosh, I think that this is a *good* idea!  
(back) Subject: Re: Death Valley Ranch Theatre Organ From: "George W. Jenista" <hiplain@flash.net> Date: Tue, 05 Aug 1997 12:12:40 -0700   Found the following description from the Unofficial Death Valley Scotty's Castle web-page:   "Albert {Albert Johnson, builder of Scotty's castle} saw a Welte pipe organ in Barker Bros. in Los Angeles, but the store refused to sell there organ to Albert. So, he contacted Welte Organ Co. in New York and Albert was able to buy a similar organ in Philadelphia.   "The organ can be played by a Welte single roll player, a three manual console or a Wurlizter six roll player that was added in 1940. It is behind the wall, and there is a push buttom player control panel. Cost for the total installation of the organ was around $50,000.   "The organ has four sets of tuned percussions (glockenspiel, xylophone); several untuned percussions (snare drum); a piano; and 15 ranks with a total of 1121 pipes. Other sounds that can be created by the organ included chimes (Deagan), tamborne, harp, flute, and bird calls. The pipes range in size from 16 feet in length and 11 inches in diameter, to pipes the size of a wooden pencil. Some of the pipes are metal, some wood, soume round, and others square. The organ was installed behind the Upper Music Room in two soundproof Chambers an adjoining Relay Room houses a system of some 3,000 electric connections. The circuits can be controlled by either electricity or wind. Shutters between the organ chambers and the Music Room provide the necessary amplification of the music. The blower for the system is located on the ground floor of the annex. The blower supplies the air for the whole organ except for the piano with runs on vacuum."  
(back) Subject: Re: Death Valley Ranch Theatre Organ/Website, if you please. From: MFulk70776@aol.com Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 15:06:45 -0400 (EDT)   In a message dated 97-08-05 13:07:35 EDT, you write:   << Found the following description from the Unofficial Death Valley Scotty's Castle web-page: >> Oh, *do* send us the URL address. I am dying to see this website!  
(back) Subject: ***Mission Church, Boston*** From: TheNEORG@aol.com Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 16:00:50 -0400 (EDT)   Hello folks!   Mission Church in Boston's web site has been updated with a brand new photo and story. If you are interested, check it out at   www.tneorg.com/mission   This is one of the featured articles in the September - October issue of The Northeast Organist. We are also featuring a story and info on the upcoming 3 month long Boston "Festival Organ" celebration which will be an interactive exhibition at the Boston Public Library and dozens of related concerts!   Take care,   Len   Len Levasseur The Northeast Organist tneorg@aol.com PO Box 747 http://www.tneorg.com Lawrence, MA 01842-1547 Fax:1-508-970-1133 Phone: 1-800-841-4030          
(back) Subject: Church Organist Position Available From: Shirley <pnst@voicenet.com> Date: Tue, 05 Aug 1997 18:02:20   The Abington Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in the northern immediate suburbs of Philadelphia, announces the availability of the position of Organist. This position has long been regarded as one of the most respected positions in the USA.   There is a long history at Abington of congregational support of music as an important part of worship as well as in the community. The church boasts a graded choir system (K-2, 3-6, a youth choir that sings at the early service each Sunday and goes on tour every Memorial Day weekend) and the all-volunteer Oratorio choir that rivals many professional choirs. This church is a musician's church, where quality, craftsmanship, and musicianship are valued and cherished.   Also, the Music at Abington series -- featuring the Abington Symphony Orchestra, choirs, and organ -- draws large audiences from around the Philadelphia area.   The organ is a newly revamped fun-to-play III/54 (3200 pipes) Moller.     Qualifications: The ideal candidate will hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Organ Performance, and a solid reputation in recital work. (We will also, however, consider resumes from candidates who feel they have the equivalent of this background in experience.)   Partial job description: 1) Two morning Sunday services, special services throughout the year. 2) Accompany all choirs in their rehearsals. 3) Accompany all choirs and soloists within the context of the Services. 4) Conduct sectional rehearsals and youth handbell choir(s). 5) Present one organ recital per season, and/or perform major organ solo works with full orchestra, as well as acting as a member of the orchestra on occasion as requested, e.g. continuo responsibilities. 6) All weddings and funerals, or find a qualified substitute.   This position also brings an Assistant Organist (me) to it.   This is considered a half-time position (including preparation), and the committee is open to exploring additional options for income with the ideal candidate. Philadelphia is culturally active, with many opportunities for accompanying and performing, and is a 2- or 2 1/2-hour drive (or train ride) from New York City.   Questions? Please send private mailto:pnst@voicenet.com . I will be happy to answer your questions and to give you more specific information confidentially. Please, only serious applicants only.   If you want to e-mail your resume to me directly, please do so as an attachment, and mailto:pnst@voicenet.com .   I have cross-posted this to piporg-l and pipechat. If you know of any other listing where I should post this, please do let me know.   --Shirley        
(back) Subject: Scotty's Castle From: Bruce Behnke <behnke@isat.com> Date: Tue, 5 Aug 97 18:54:49 -0000   The organ is located at Scotty's Castle at the northwest end of Death Valley. Last I knew the pieces were all there but it had not been put together. Maybe it's functioning now.   Picture of the Castle at http://geogweb.berkeley.edu/GeoImages/BainCalif/CAL400/SCOTCAST.HTML   DEATH VALLEY * Scotty's Castle 3/15 Welte   is the listing I copied from   http://webeye.ophth.uiowa.edu/atos/p-piper/pipepipr.htm   Looks like that's the one.   Bruce  
(back) Subject: Re: Death Valley Ranch Theatre Organ From: Nelson and Tracy Denton <ndenton434@bigwave.ca> Date: Tue, 05 Aug 1997 21:20:13   At 12:12 PM 8/5/97 -0700, you wrote: >Found the following description from the Unofficial Death Valley >Scotty's Castle web-page: > Thanks, Now for the web page?   It seems to me that "Scotty's Castle" was featured in the Theatre Organ Magazine some years ago if I'm not mistaken. Also It seems to me that I may have a old LP record floating around somewhere of the organ played by someone like John Muri. Duh? Now which one of the hundreds of magazines and lp's was it in?     Arrrggghhhhh I hate having most of my organ stuff at the "office" and my computer here at home.   Got to talk to "Big Sis" about that one     :-))))